Your Story Matters

Where were you Monday night?  Can I tell you about mine?

I was at a house in St. John standing by the backyard swimming pool.  A 20-something named Clayton was there.  I’ve known Clayton for number of years, but he would be the first to tell you that between our first meeting years ago and the one Monday night, he had done his share of walking away from God, Church, and a lot of other things. The middle of the story is peppered with heartache, frustration, and regret.

In the last year, Clayton has been finding his way back.  But it wasn’t magic.

  • It was a Neighbor…Trudy moved in down the street.  She was a Christ-follower and invited Clayton to walk with her in the neighborhood.  They talked about life and faith.  Mostly, she just cared.
  • It was a Father…a whole family really.  Patience. They felt every fiber of the parenting struggle – when to push and when not to.  Mostly, he just didn’t give up.
  • It was a group of Broken People…Celebrate Recovery on Monday nights.  He took the risk to come and found a community brave enough to admit they need help (we all do).  Mostly, they just loved him as he was.
  • It was a group of Learners…A Tuesday Night group here that works through the scriptures with those that struggle to read.  Mostly, they just opened the Scriptures.

So Monday night, Clayton walked down into that swimming pool with his Dad and Trudy.  Celebrate Recovery moved their normal Monday gethering to this backyard and a few from the Tuesday night group came out too.  I got to stand at the side of the pool and read out loud the power of Romans 6:4, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”

Clayton went under the water…and celebration exploded as he came up to experience that new life.  Not perfect.  Not painless.  Not fantasy.  But Cleansed.  Forgiven.  NEW.

That’s why I love our church.

Celebration with his Tuesday night leader

Just out of the Water!

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~ by Greg Lee on August 25, 2011.

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